Black Widow Spider Bite First Aid
In the USA a Black Widow Spider Bite or Brown Recluse Spider Bite can be serious and even life threatening.
The Black Widow Spider is a close relative to the Red Back Spider from Australia.
Symptoms of a Black Widow Bite
Local pain may be followed by localised or generalised severe muscle cramps and pain
- Abdominal pain
In severe cases:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breath may follow
First Aid for Black Widow Bite
- If the patient shows any of the symptoms of a Black Widow Bite get to a hospital immediately.
- Clean and irrigate the bite area.
- Application of ice or cool compresses.
- If safe to do so, take the spider to the hospital for identification.
- Usually it is safer to take a photo.
- Pain medication and or muscle relaxants may be given by a medical professional.
- DO NOT apply a tourniquet. This cuts blood flow completely and may result in loss of the affected limb.
- DO NOT give the patient medication including aspirin unless instructed to do so by a medical professional
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